wild Iris

wild Iris

a collaboration with Cynthia Simm inspiration (theme = love) I scrolled through images of cuddling animals, but didn’t see anything that moved me to painting. Instead, I decided to look for endangered flower species and find a photograph that included more than one –...
Japanese maple tree

Japanese maple tree

Inspiration I was thinking about autumn and simple things in it for which I am grateful. Our window looks out on a maple tree, which often blesses us with beautiful color in the fall. I started searching online for photos of maple leaves in autumn and found this...
Dakota skipper

Dakota skipper

Inspiration: In the midst of my grief about the climate crisis, I heard that the Trump administration was weakening the Endangered Species Act. I paint the natural world to bring me closer to it and remind me of the interconnectedness of life. “The earth does not...
ostrich portrait

ostrich portrait

inspiration: I googled “whimsical animals” and spent a few minutes with the resulting images, all of which were paintings. I was struck by a couple of images featuring ostriches. It’s an unexpected animal: a bird so big, with the emphasis on legs and no ability to...
black-eyed susan & monarch butterfly #10

black-eyed susan & monarch butterfly #10

inspiration: Every now and then, I get email from someone who has stumbled on the 100 monarchs page. I feel guilty for not having accomplished my original vision. (In 2015, I had a grand idea that I would paint/draw monarch butterflies and somehow raise money for the...